Economics at your fingertips  

Health Outcomes for Children Born to Teen Mothers in Cape Town, South Africa

Nicola Branson, Cally Ardington and Murray Leibbrandt

Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2015, vol. 63, issue 3, 589 - 616

Abstract: This article analyzes whether children born to teen mothers in Cape Town, South Africa, are disadvantaged in terms of their health outcomes because their mother is a teen. Exploiting the longitudinal nature of the Cape Area Panel Study, we assess whether observable differences between teen mothers and slightly older mothers can explain why firstborn children of teen mothers appear disadvantaged. Our balanced regressions indicate that observed characteristics cannot explain the full extent of the disadvantage of being born to a teen mother, with children born to teen mothers continuing to have significantly worse child health outcomes, especially among Coloured children. In particular, children born to teens are more likely to be underweight at birth and to be stunted, with the disadvantage for Coloured children four times that for African children.

Date: 2015
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (3) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) (application/pdf) (text/html)
Access to the online full text or PDF requires a subscription.

Related works:
Working Paper: Health outcomes for children born to teen mothers in Cape Town, South Africa (2011) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this article

More articles in Economic Development and Cultural Change from University of Chicago Press
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Journals Division ().

Page updated 2019-02-13
Handle: RePEc:ucp:ecdecc:doi:10.1086/679737